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Right of Abode

The UK Right of Abode service entitles a person to live and work in the UK without any limitations.

As of 21 December 2006, people who already held a British passport, or an identity card will not qualify for certificates of entitlement.

Holders of this type of UK visas may enter and leave the country without Immigration control. They can use British passport holder gates at UK ports and airports. If an applicant has Dual Citizenship they are entitled to a stamp in their foreign passports, this allows holders to enter the country freely as a British Citizen.

All British citizens automatically have this right. In the case of dual nationals, i.e. people who are citizens of more than one country, it is possible to get a Certificate placed in their passport.

Commonwealth citizens qualify under the following circumstances:
» A UK passport which describes Applicants as a British citizen or as a citizen of the UK and Colonies.
» A foreign or Commonwealth passport which contains a certificate of entitlement.
» If applicants were born before January 1st 1983 and have a parent who was born in Great Britain.
» If applicants are a Commonwealth woman and married a person before January 1st 1983 in one of the above categories.

Right to abode in the UK imposes no work limitations, this route does not require a points based assessment to qualify. Right to abode means that a holder does not need to gain permission from an Immigration Officer in order to enter the country and may commence living and working in the UK without restriction. Please feel free to contact Carter Vincent Immigration to find out more for the latest UK Immigration information.


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